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Missouri midwife charged in baby's death

Saturday, October 9, 2010 | 5:38 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — A southwest Missouri woman who was working as a midwife has been charged in the death of an infant.

Elaine Marie Diamond, 52, of Schell City, has been charged in Greene County court with involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of an infant she had been called in to deliver.

Diamond is accused of allowing the mother to spend almost three days in labor before taking her to a hospital, according to The Springfield News-Leader.

The baby was born in the parents' car in a Springfield hospital parking lot.

"(The mother) said that when he was born, the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and he was blue," the probable cause statement said.

Two doctors interviewed after the baby was admitted to the hospital said the umbilical cord was a problem that could have been taken care of at a hospital and the mother should not have been allowed to labor at home as long as she did, the probable cause statement said.

It also said Diamond referred to herself as a midwife.

Debbie Pulley, director of public education and advocacy for the North American Registry of Midwives, said her organization had not certified Diamond as a midwife.

But Pulley said Diamond can still call herself a midwife even if she isn't certified by any organization.

"If she calls herself a midwife, she is a midwife," Pulley said.


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